9 May 2021

WOMEN OF FAITH

Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.

The greatest asset the world has are women of faith. The greatest influence a mother can have is to be a woman of faith. Women have made a greater contribution to this world than anyone else. If you want to be an agent of change, be a woman of faith. Through your faith, God will make things happen.

Many women followed Jesus from Galilee. Some even ministered to Him. They didn’t just follow Him. They were instrumental in ministering to Him. After the men had left, who was there? Who visited Jesus’ tomb first? It was the women. Mothers, you are instrumental in the kingdom of God. Without saying a word, you minister, bless, encourage, and bring a change.

What kind of faith must she have?

1. A Saving faith. The women who followed Jesus had saving faith. Jesus had come to save them. They were women saved by His grace. This was not some ordinary faith because they knew they had met the Master. If we don’t have an encounter with Christ, we cannot have this saving faith. This is the first ingredient in establishing what kind of faith to have; they accepted Him. We know He is the way, the truth and the life. A faith in our Christ the Saviour. Many scoff at this today, our faith in Jesus Christ. We experience Jesus daily and through this we understand – we have been saved by Him and live in His saving faith.

2. Simple Faith. An uncomplicated faith. Sometimes we overanalyze and complicate things. But we must realize, He is who He says He is. The same yesterday, today, and always. The Messiah, the Son of God. And this is what those women following Him believed then, and what we believe now. They just simply believed in Him. Where He went, they followed. Just follow Him. Have faith in Him. Mothers, when things are going array, just have faith. A plain, ordinary, uncomplicated faith in God.

3. Strong Faith. Simple does not mean weak. Those who followed Jesus were in danger. But despite this, the women were there. They had faith in Him. When God appeared to Mary, there was a simple, strong faith in knowing that He would do what He said He would. And today, He will do what He says He will do, beyond our comprehension, just as He did with Mary. A strong faith perseveres even under immense pressure. He will see you through. Even today, we need a strong faith to withstand the state of the world. It is this same faith that will carry your spouse, your children, your neighbor and anyone who sees your faith.

4. Visible faith. This is a faith that does not just take place here but steps out into the world. Not afraid and unashamed. Make known your faith to the nations. Walk in faith. True faith can be seen in action. It’s with a pure heart that we can bless and multiply in the kingdom. It is about stepping out when you cannot give more but knowing what God commands of you and knowing He will carry you through, you need only have faith. Put that faith into action and trust Him.

Someone needs your unwavering faith. Step forth in faith mothers, and believe. A woman of faith speaks of her faith to others. Share your faith and plant the seed. Your children may be wayward, do not give up. Your share your faith and let that be a saving faith that reflects off you as God’s child. The next generation will praise you for the faith you have.

Mothers, you are called to be women of FAITH. Have a SAVING faith in Christ as your Saviour. Have a SIMPLE faith; uncomplicated and just trusting in Him. Have a STRONG faith in God that is VISIBLE in your life and God will honour you.

Be Women of Faith.

Word and Preaching by Rev. Quinton Williams

Blog post by Abigail Adams



2 May 2021

BE FAITHFUL, BE AVAILABLE, BE TEACHABLE

2 Timothy 1:12 12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day. 13 What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. 14 Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.

The events prior to this part in scripture was Paul’s first imprisonment. There is a reason why he is suffering, a reason why he is imprisoned the second time. He wrote letters to Timothy before and now writes again to Timothy encouraging him. He suffers many things and the reason for this is that he took a stand for Christ. Our Father loves us, cares for us and called us with a holy calling. Is this not why Paul was imprisoned? For serving his Father, our Father. For trusting our Father and not men.

The road is not an easy road for Christians. Being obedient is not met with enthusiasm. Because we know people will oppose us. You will be persecuted and hated for the stand you take for Christ, just as Paul was. But Paul says “I will suffer for this”. We must be prepared to be persecuted for our love for God. Jesus Christ DIED for us, in order to leave a promise for eternal life. He suffered hanging on that cross but eternal life is promised and His life was entrusted to His father. Just as ours.

While under house arrest, Paul knows somehow that this is his end. Christians were being killed for their faith. Now Timothy was not as tough as Paul and a bit on the timid side but Paul encourages him in his letters to stay true; to stay FAITHFUL.

The encouragement that comes from this is what we need to be. This is for all of us as God’s children.

1.Be Faithful. All throughout the Bible, people’s faithfulness to God is on display. But God is faithful to us too. Sometimes we forget this. He is a faithful God. Things may not always go according to plan or difficulties may arise but He remains faithful. We should remain faithful too. Have faith in Him. Faithfulness doesn’t end when we don’t feel like being faithful. Faith is that which keeps you when times are dark. We must walk every day of our lives faithful to God. The Israelites didn’t just sit and wait. They walked in faith. God rewards faithfulness (Proverbs 28 v 20 “A faithful person will be richly blessed”). As His children, it is better to be rewarded by Him. The blessings of the Lord are worth more than anything else in this world. You don’t have to be Paul or Timothy. You just have to be you. Faithful to God. Faithful christians will never be swayed by anything. No matter who says what to you or if the church disappoints you, faithfulness depends on NO ONE ELSE BUT GOD.

2.Be Available. In Luke Chapter 2 Jesus says He is here to do His Father’s business. He was available, followed perfectly and did His work faithfully. Are we available to Him? We may be ready and able but are we available to do His work. Your availability doesn’t depend on your schedule, how you feel or whatever inferiority complex you have. We serve a superior God. All He asks is for us to be available. He will do the rest. We can be ready, capable and able but are we availing ourselves fully to God? God wants to do great things. His people must put their hands up and say, here I am Lord, send me. Wherever we are, we must avail ourselves and being available is the key. Not our qualifications or talents. Can God use you out there? Do not be a substitute. Don’t sit one side on the bench. Get in the game.

3.Be Teachable. Proverbs 12 v 1 speaks of those not open to teaching being unwise. God uses people to teach. But we need to be teachable. Many people are unteachable and believe they know everything. We will never get to such a point when we know everything. God will even use a child to teach a grown up sometimes. He uses ANYONE – BUT if you are FULLY AVAILABLE to be USED. Being teachable is how we grow and sustain. Once we close up and say we know everything, that becomes our downfall. When we open up, it is the beginning of great things.

Paul entrusted his life to God. And he was certain that the Lord would keep it to that day, the day he felt his end was near. Nothing will be able to grasp you from the hand of God.

Then God used the disciples. They were all different but they were faithful, available and teachable at all times. This is what God desires from us today. Your faithfulness, your availability and for you to be teachable. Why? So that we can be with God.

God wants us to be the best that we can be. In the good times, bad times, sad times – be faithful. Still be available to him. Be open to gain knowledge.

We are here for a reason. Let us faithfully share this gospel for the One who we have entrusted our lives to so that He may do in us and through us what He wants to do.

Be FAITHFUL, Be AVAILABLE, Be TEACHABLE. We are here for a reason. This is our reason: to avail ourselves to the One we entrusted our loves to, to be teachable and open, and to faithfully do so.

Word and Preaching by Rev. Quinton Williams

Blog post by Abigail Adams



25 April 2021

THE HERE AND NOW

James 4:13-17 13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

What is your life? Some say “you’re a mist, a vapour that appears and vanishes after time”. Even as old as we get, in comparison to eternity, it’s like a vapour. We don’t know how long we will be on earth. We have no guarantee on life. So our walk with Christ should not be an aimless one. We are here for a purpose, we have a responsibility and we have work to do.

When? Now. Where? Here. Who? Us.

1. Now is the time. The bible reminds us that time is limited. We need to put our all in the walk of the master. Yes, life gets busy. But we need to realize that what we do for God takes priority. Even your best work not done with a pure heart is in vain. It starts with knowing the Saviour and putting in the work for Him. We only have today. There is no assurance for tomorrow. Today is when we step out to do for God what we need to do. The only thing that will last in life is what we do for Christ. We cannot wait till our finances are in order or if it’s the right season. Tomorrow is not promised. Mark 16 speaks of preaching the gospel to the nations. As His children, this is our responsibility.

2. Here is the moment. If you want to see change, be the change you want to see and start right here. Start at home, in the church. If your differences cannot be resolved, it is petty. The kingdom of God is more important. Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord. Romans 14 v 1 speaks of this. For too long we’ve made excuses for not doing the work. Be the least. Set aside your differences, live right with one another and start doing the work right here and now. We are the people who must make a difference. Acts 17 v 14 references to the men who have caused trouble in the world. Can we hold that claim too? Are we making that big a difference? Sometimes it’s uncomfortable and people will resent it but the truth it the truth. We need each other and we need to accept this truth and do the work here.

3. We are His people. We are the people, His instruments. We are the vessels He wants to use. Here and now. 2 Corinthians 6 v 1 says we are the co-workers in the kingdom. We must WORK and WALK together. Be one and be a unit. We are God’s people and co-workers in His kingdom with a responsibility, not only to the kingdom but to each other as well.

So who are we to be?

James 1 v 22 references hearing the Word. Hearing the word over and over again. But God says if we have heard and do not work, then we have deceived ourselves. We hear the truth but we don’t do the work. Your opinion is NOT the word. The Word is the Word and the Word is FINAL. God cannot use those who say one thing and do another. Our testimony is then null and void and we are deceiving no one else but ourselves. We can contribute the biggest tithe to the church or have the greatest talent but we are not living His word, we are deceivers. Don’t just read the word or listen to it. We must do what the Word says. We must reflect Him until the world sees who He is.

Romans 1 v 16 tells us not to be ashamed of our Father. The word has transformed us and we need to take Him everywhere we go. Whatever we do, God must be seen. Now is the moment: we start here, build here, at home. If we cannot do it here, how can we do it out there?

There is no time like the present. The Lord wants to use you. And it’s time that we raised our hands and said “Here I am Lord, send me”. Whatever He calls us to do, we must be ready. Do not be ashamed of His gospel. God has done so much for us and He wants to use us and use us together to stand and take Jesus to the rest of the world.

So make the commitment now, accept Jesus now. Now is the day of salvation. Choose who you will serve. Tomorrow is not promised. God wants to use us NOW. It’s time we raise our hands and say “Use me Lord”. We are the coworkers in His kingdom. Live right with one another, build together, take up this challenge and be who God says we should be.

Word and Preaching by Rev. Quinton Williams

Blog post by Abigail Adams



18 April 2021

FAITH IN ACTION

Hebrews 11 v 23 -29 23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. 24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel. 29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.

We are pilgrims on a journey to something greater. But as we pass through, sometimes it can become difficult. ‘Running out of gas’ is something we experience countless times. Beloved, we must become aware to fill up.

Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see”. We are people of the INVISIBLE. And following the invisible can become difficult. As people of faith, we believe in God without being able to see Him. This is our Walk of Faith in Action – trusting in a God we cannot see but believe in.

What do people of the invisible faith look like? What do we portray?

1. Be courageous – confidently courageous. It is not impossible to become a great man or woman. We need to live the example of being courageous and fearlessly so. Parents, be courageous as you trust God for your children. That God will blossom them into something greater. The enemy wants to destroy our children. Look at Moses, who had no fear of the king or his commands. In this walk with God, our faith must be in Him; confidently and full of courage. We speak of a place we’re going to, a God we serve who promised us a home in eternity though we have never seen this place. TRUST in the invisible because it is the invisible that has transformed me and you.

2. Dissatisfaction with evil and injustice. We must not be content with injustice and wrong doing. In Exodus, Moses was not content to be called Pharaoh’s son because he saw the injustice. He could easily have enjoyed his life in luxury. Yet, he saw and he acted. There was a discontentment with injustice and Moses fixed himself on the reward. He did not receive a tangible gift when he got to his destination. He fled to the desert onward to the reward awaiting. We may not receive a reward for standing up to injustice but we do as Moses did; we look to the invisible. A hope that extends passed the here and now and to eternity. Hebrews 26 is a clear reminder of what our faithfulness can accomplish. Our faith in Christ Jesus; the promise of heaven. Do not be content with the HERE. God places us in uncomfortable positions while on earth and sometimes, it disrupts out plans for the HERE and NOW but our reward is NOT HERE. Eternity awaits the faithful.

3. Continuously pursue the invisible, the reward. Pursue what He has done and is still to do. Sometimes we lack understanding of His plan. He has the plan already, we must just PURSUE it. Continue to build our relationship with Him, pursue Him, spend time telling others of Him. The dsiciples followed Jesus even to the crucifixion. They did not understand it all but they followed. Following God must consume our entire being.

4. Compassion for others. In Exodus, while Moses led the people out of Egypt, we read that they were an oppressed people. God raised Moses to set these people free. Moses had compassion for these people who were lost. It caused him to sacrifice just as it will cause us when we show compassion. People of faith will be driven relentlessly to help others because we know what God has done for us.

5. Our faith must be Infectious. Influence through the grace of God must come through. An interesting transition happens in Hebrews 11. Verse 28 refers to ’him’, Moses keeping faith. Verse 29 refers to ‘they’, the people fleeing. Without Moses’ strong faith in God, they would never have passed. The Red Sea may have given them doubts of ever crossing but when they looked to Moses with his relentless faith, they had that same faith to cross. We must have a faith that is unwavering. That when we tell others about Him, they would have that same faith in a God who is with us always.

Are we still men and women of faith? In difficult times that test out faith are we still trusting in God? We need to remain faithful; our faith is the fuel that drives us to stand steadfast, to believe, to make a difference. Moses and his people went through tough times, but their faith did not waver. This is the faith we should portray. Faith in the invisible – a faith that He exists.

People have so much to say about Christians today and we cannot change what they say but we can change how we respond. We keep the faith so that when they look at us, they see God through us.

We trust in the invisible, we live our faith in action by believing in Him and pursuing Him relentlessly till we reach our goal, our reward.

Word and Preaching by Rev. Quinton Williams

Blog post by Abigail Adams